PORTUGAL FLIGHTS AND AIRPORTS
The airplane is the fastest and most comfortable means of transport to get to Portugal. Portugal’s main international airport is Lisbon-Portela (Aeroporto de Lisboa), located about 7 km north of the city center. This is the main airport in the country. Other important airports are those of the cities of Porto (Porto-Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport), and Faro (Faro Airport). The latter is the main airport on the Algarve coast. Funchal airports (Funchal-Madeira airport) on Madeira island and Ponta Delgada airport (Ponta Delgada-Azores João Paulo II airport) in the Azores are also important airports.
The main Portuguese airlines are TAP Air Portugal, SATA and Portugalia. TAP Air Portugal is the most important, it has flights to many international destinations and has internal flights between Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira and the Azores, and also between Madeira and Porto Santo.
TAP Portugal also connects Faro’s Algarve and Porto airports to Lisbon. Thia airline has flights from Porto and Lisbon to the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo. TAP also manages flights between Lisbon and the airports of the Azores islands of Horta, Pico, Ponta Delgada with Lisbon.
Azores: There are regular flights between the islands of Faial, Pico, Santa Maria, São Miguel and Terceira, and to mainland Portugal and Madeira (from São Miguel). There are also flights between the island of São Miguel and a number of European countries, such as Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland, in addition to Canada and the United States in North America.
Madeira: Madeira is connected with flights to Lisbon, Porto and Ponta Delgada in the Azorre islands. It takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes flight from Madeira to any of the Portuguese airports.
Porto Santo: There are air connections between Madeira and Porto Santo the flight takes 15 minutes.
There are no ferry services between the Azores and mainland Portugal.
All the islands of the archipelago are connected to each other by sea. Services are more frequent among the 5 islands of the central group (Faial, Pico, Terceira, Graciosa and Sao Jorge).
MADEIRA – PORTO SANTO
There are no ferry services between Madeira and mainland Portugal.
A modern ferry service operated by the Porto Santo Line, transports passengers and vehicles between Madeira and Porto Santo every day. The crossing takes 2 hours and 10 minutes.
HOW TO GET TO PORTUGAL: TRAINS
The Portuguese railway company (Comboios de Portugal), is the company that manages the railways of Portugal, its railway network covers over 2,700 km and covers the entire mainland Portugal also offering some international railway connections. There is an extensive network of regional, interregional and suburban trains covering the whole country.
HOW TO GET TO PORTUGAL: BUS
There are regular coach services between the main cities of the country and bus connections with several Spanish cities.